• Chat app Line begins offering delivery on-demand services

    Chat app Line begins offering delivery on-demand services

    The future of mobile messaging is pointing towards services, but don’t assume that only applies to digital offerings like money transfers and shopping. Japan’s Line, one of the world’s most used chat apps, has just made a move into on-demand services. Read More

  • UrbanClap, India’s Largest Services Marketplace, Fetches $25 Million Series B

    UrbanClap, India’s Largest Services Marketplace, Fetches $25 Million Series B

    UrbanClap, which uses a matchmaking algorithm to help consumers find the best service providers in major Indian cities, plans to scale rapidly after landing a $25 million Series B. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from returning investors SAIF and Accel Partners, and brings UrbanClap’s total venture funding so far to $37 million. Read More

  • Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

    Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

    Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of select markets, has also recently expanded to include a… Read More

  • DollarPhotoClub Expands Into More Markets, Hits 11,000 Users

    DollarPhotoClub Expands Into More Markets, Hits 11,000 Users

    Stock photo provider DollarPhotoClub is a shot across the bow of the Big Stock Photo Cartels™. Created by a repeat entrepreneur and owner of one of the biggest modeling agencies in England, the company aims to make getting a stock photo as easy as ordering new razors. Now the company has announced that they are moving into 13 new markets including Italy and Poland and currently has over… Read More

  • Demo: Kindle HD's Mayday Tech Support

    Amazon Introduces Mayday, A Unique And Amazingly Useful Live Tech Support System For Kindle

    Live support has always been a dream for major retailers. While chat solutions already exist, today Amazon announced a new support service available on Kindle HD products called Mayday. It is a single-click, hardware-support solution that lets users work with a remote tech support representative to solve problems with their tablets. Read More

  • Fiverr Updates Its Task-Based Marketplace With Slicker Look & More Buyer/Seller Tools

    Fiverr Updates Its Task-Based Marketplace With Slicker Look & More Buyer/Seller Tools

    Fiverr, an online services marketplace that gives its community of skilled sellers a platform to market and sell whatever it is they can do from as little as $5, is relaunching its website with an overhauled design. It’s also adding analytics and tools to help its users turn their Fiverr ‘gigs’, as it calls them, into more sustained and streamlined businesses. Read More

  • Review: SugarSync for the iPad

    I’ve been wondering how, exactly, I’ll be able to do work on my iPad. With the assistance of programs like Dropbox and SugarSync, it is possible to cobble together a workflow that doesn’t drive me crazy. When I last looked at SugarSync the service was in it’s infancy and I found it slightly lacking. All of my concerns, two years ago, have been address and now you have… Read More

  • Who needs the Droid? T-Mobile G1 hacked to run Google Nav

    I like to imagine that a special place exists somewhere on the Web where a bunch of unassuming “ordinary” folks get together to solve world technology issues. A brotherhood (that allows women too, of course) of sorts that uniformly scream, “HACK3RS UNITE!,” and then figure out how to stick it to the man. I’m not entirely sure anything that amazing exists, but there… Read More

  • Vimeo begins to play nice with iPhone, Android devices

    The lack of Flash support on the iThings (i.e. phone, touch) and all but one Android device has made it rather difficult for Flash-based video sites to penetrate the ever-expanding smartphone video-consuming market. While YouTube has implemented a workaround for this problem (by encoding each uploaded video in both Flash AND as .mp4 files), other sites (arguably with less resources) have been… Read More

  • Clearwire raises an additional $1.5B to continue building its nationwide WiMAX network

    Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks (to name a few) continue to bet big on Clearwire’s WiMAX nationwide wireless network. The foursome have just pumped an additional $1.494 billion into Clearwire’s coffer, with another $50 million coming from Intel and $20 million from Eagle River Holdings. CHA-CHING. Read More

  • This is the end, my only friend (for MSN Direct wireless data service)

    It’s the end of an era. MSN Direct has announced that their wireless data service will be shut off on January 1st, 2012. The service supplies a data feed to wristwatches, GPS units, and other portable devices. But if you’ve got an MSN Direct device, don’t worry. You’ve got two years to replace it before they shut off the service. Read More

  • Google Analytics adds mobile reporting, iPhone/Android app tracking

    The ability to keep tabs on mobile visitors is becoming increasingly important as more and more users surf the web via mobile browsers. With that said, there are a variety of website tracking / analytic reporting tools available across the Net that include mobile reporting. However, one of the more popular (and free) apps, Google Analytics, has essentially been asleep at the mobile… Read More

  • Blogs: Now more mobile friendly

    I’m a big fan of WordPress, be it their free blogging service ( or their free blogging platform ( Heck, the entire TechCrunch Network and my personal blog run on the stuff. Read More

  • United States Postal Service goes mobile

    Sometime yesterday, the one and only United States Postal Service launched a mobile-friendly website – – for any web-enabled mobile device. Hooray! The new mobile site sports the USPS’ most “popular [online] functions” including Track & Confirm, Post Office locator, and everyone’s favorite application (according to the USPS itself), ZIP… Read More

  • Mobile Digital TV Standard Adopted in the U.S.A.

    Late last night, around midnight if you really must know, the ATSC (aka the Advanced Television Systems Committee) ratified the A/153 ATSC Mobile DTV Standard which “defines the technical specifications necessary for broadcasters to provide new services to mobile and handheld devices using their digital television (DTV) transmissions.” In other words, digital TV will soon be playing… Read More

  • Astronomy service Slooh will let you watch the LCROSS impact live on October 9

    Slooh, a service that offers unfettered access to two huge earth-based telescopes, is inviting folks to watch the LCROSS impact on Friday at 4:30am PDT or 7:30am EDT. The feed begins at 3:30am PDT. The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite will hit the moon to created a crater 14 meters in diameter and 2 meters deep. The resulting analysis will help assess how large bodies will… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson partners with Comverse for visual voicemail

    Earlier this morning Comverse announced a new partnership with Sony Ericsson to bring visual voicemail to future SE handsets. Ever since a certain mobile device (hint: starts with “i” and ends with “phone”) hit the mobilesphere, consumers have been clamoring for visual voicemail on other cell phones / carriers. Slowly, but surely, the incredibly convenient feature has… Read More

  • Vonage Mobile released for iPhone and BlackBerry

    Vonage, the once almost-zombie VoIP company, has roared back from its flirtation with the deadpool (er, from being sued into near oblivion for patent infringement by Verizon et al.). Its latest product, Vonage Mobile, will surely continue to ruffle all the big telecoms’ feathers because it allows consumers the ability to circumvent their mobile carriers’ networks to make low… Read More

  • TXTBlocker allows parents to block kids from texting while driving

    Texting while driving is incredibly unsafe (and making calls, for that matter). Even more so than drinking and driving, which YOU SHOULD NEVER DO, EVER. California knows it. The Obama Administration knows it. And apparently, the folks responsible for TXTBlocker know it. What is TXTBlocker, you ask? It is a new service that “lets parents and employers customize cell phones to… Read More

  • Comcast plans to take On Demand Online mobile

    Yesterday, cable behemoth, Comcast, announced plans to make its emerging On Demand Online service available to cable subscribers on their mobile devices in the near future. Read More

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